Past IAC Tutorials

Companion Meeting USCAP 2024

Sunday, March 24th 2024

All You Need to Know About the New WHO Reporting Systems in Breast, Liver and Kidney/Adrenal Cytopathology

The IAC has joined with IARC and the WHO, to develop international systems for reporting the cytopathology of lung, pancreas and biliary, lymph nodes, soft tissue, and more recently, liver, breast and kidney and adrenal gland. The aims of this collaboration are to standardize the reporting of cytopathology, improve the quality of reporting by establishing the key diagnostic cytopathological features of entities and neoplasms, provide detailed best practice guidelines in sampling techniques, specimen handling and processing and the use of ancillary techniques, and facilitate communication between cytopathologists and clinicians to improve patient care.

The WHO Systems for Lung and Pancreaticobiliary Cytopathology have been recently published and for Lymph nodes and Soft tissue are under final revision. In 2023, the process to develop and write the liver, breast, kidney/adrenal systems started, and the related surveys on the IAC website have been launched.

This course will present the WHO-IARC-IAC cytopathology reporting systems for breast, liver and kidney/adrenal. Each WHO System has defined specific categories and terminology for reporting cytopathology, and each category has an estimated risk of malignancy as far as the current literature allows, and a suggested diagnostic management algorithm to assist clinicians. The results of the survey for each system will be discussed as they provide a current snapshot of the practice of cytopathology in these different organs.

Presented by Fernando Schmitt, MD, PhD, FIAC, IAC President, Porto, Portugal

Breast Cytopathology
Andrew S. Field, Professor, MBBS, FIAC, FRCPA, Sydney, Australia

Liver Cytopathology
Martha Bishop Pitman, MD, Harvard, MA, USA

Kidney/Adrenal Cytopathology
Jose Antonio Jemenez Herrernan, Madrid, Spain

Course Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:
Use the WHO-IARC-IAC Reporting Systems for Cytopathology to report breast, liver, kidney /adrenal cases in their daily routine.
Describe the categories of each system for reporting breast, liver, and kidney/adrenal cytopathology findings.
Discuss the diagnostic management of each category in the three systems described.

Continuing Medical Education
The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Faculty IAC tutorial Hong Kong December 2024

2023 Hong Kong Cytology Tutorial

December 2 – 3 2023

The International Academy of Cytology and the International Academy of Pathology (Hong Kong Division) hosted this meeting.

Student Laboratory, 1/F Clinical Sciences Building, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong

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The IAC examinations were held at the Prince of Wales Hospital on Monday 4. December 2023.

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IAC Pre-Congress Tutorial – 30th September 2023

Saturday, September 30th 2023


A Pre-congress tutorial before the 44th European Congress of Cytology, Budapest, Hungary.

A full day with experts in their fields.  Moderators are Dr. Massimo Bongiovanni, FIAC (Switzerland) and Dr. Fernando Schmitt, FIAC (Portugal).

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IAC Tutorial Lahore Pakistan July 2023

Two day Tutorial July 14-15, 2023

July 14 – 15 2023

Lahore, Pakistan.

Hotel One, 40/A-2 Mehmood Ali Sasuri Road, Gulberg, Lahore, Pakistan

Excellent facilities and attentive registrants.

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IAC Tutorial London 2022

Virtual Tutorial London July 2022

July 18 – 19 2022

Course Directors: Drs. Ashish Chandra, Zubair Baloch and Ritu Nayar
An online tutorial organized by the International Academy of Cytology and the British Association for Cytopathology

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The Sydney International Academy of Cytology Tutorial 2022

April 1 – 3 2022

Course Directors: Drs. Andrew Field and Fernando Schmitt
The tutorial is aimed at practising pathologists, trainee pathologists and cytotechnologists. The tutorial will be run virtually, with most lectures delivered live and with interactive unknown case slide seminars and live Q&A. You will need your mobile phone and a QR code reader to input your response to the case slides.

This excellent tutorial has now been concluded. So much to see and hear. The videos will be available for all registrants for a limited time. Within the next few days all registrants will receive an email with a link.

Very very big thanks to the tutorial director Dr. Andrew Field for his three day marathon, introducing each lecture and assisting with questions as well as all the preparation time and work in advance. Also a hugh vote of thanks to Dr. Tristan Rutland who supported, guided and accompanied the meeting with his technical skills for all three days. What a great meeting and thank you to everyone who sent an email of thanks.

An intensive tutorial using didactic lectures on the new reporting systems in lung, pancreaticobiliary, lymph nodes and soft tissue, and the revised systems in urine, thyroid and salivary gland, followed by case-based slide seminars demonstrating their practical application. There were also lectures on molecular pathology applications in cytopathology and on HPV Primary Testing.

The tutorial was aimed at practicing pathologists, trainee pathologists and cytotechnologists. The tutorial was run virtually, with most lectures delivered live and with interactive unknown case slide seminars and live Q & A

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Virtual Tutorial Seoul, Korea 2021

July 16 – 18 2021

Course Directors: Drs. Ritu Nayar and Zubair Baloch
KSC Leadership: Drs. Gyungyub Gong, Seung-Sook Lee, Hye Kyoung Yoon, Haeryoung Kim

An online tutorial organized by the International Academy of Cytology and the Korean Society for Cytopathology

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